An Icelandic lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir, said Sunday that she’s prepared to help NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seek asylum in that country, Forbes reports. 29 year-old Snowden, dumped classified information to the Guardian.
Snowden is in a Hong Kong hotel, and mentioned an interest in seeking asylum in Iceland in the Guardian’s interview, saying that his ”predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values, The nation that most encompasses this is Iceland. They stood up for people over internet freedom.”
Whereas IMMI is based in Iceland, and has worked on protections of privacy, furtherance of government transparency, and the protection of whistleblowers, we feel it is our duty to offer to assist and advise Mr. Snowden to the greatest of our ability,” their statement reads. “We are already working on detailing the legal protocols required to apply for asylum, and will over the course of the week be seeking a meeting with the newly appointed interior minister of Iceland, Mrs. Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, to discuss whether an asylum request can be processed in a swift manner, should such an application be made.”
Although this story is not unique– it did break in 2006 — it is a good time to revisit the Patriot Act and tone it down a notch or 10. With new technology it can only get worse.
Wikileaks was based in Iceland and thinks his potential move there might be a mistake.
Snowden out of date on Iceland; new conservative government elected a month ago. Countries must step forward to offer Snowden asylum now.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 9, 2013
Whoever thought an IT guy would be seeking asylum?
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